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Ga. voter registration system unreliable

Alan Judd, with data help from David A. Milliron, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compared a statewide voter registration database with a list of more than 100 commercial mailbox outlets in metro Atlanta, as well as voter registrations in the downtown business district and at government facilities, to identify flaws in the state's voter registration system. "Georgia relies on an honor system that assumes voters live at the addresses they submit when they register. These addresses determine voters' precinct assignments and, consequently, the elections in which they may cast ballots." The paper's analysis found many people whose listed addresses correspond to rented mailboxes, a high school's tennis court , homeless shelters and even the newspaper's headquarters. Such inaccuracies would be more than enough to make a differerence in November's city council election where five votes separated the two candidates.

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